Braddock At The Monongahela
July 9, 1755. After an epic march of 43 days covering over 100 miles across the heart of the Appalachians, a mixed force of British regulars and colonial militia were closing in on Fort Duquense, a French stronghold at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. This operation was part of an elaborate three-pronged offensive designed to secure the American frontier from French inspired | Read More »
Bruce Ackerman Bashes Veterans
Sixteen years ago Lieutenant General James R. Clapper retired from the US Air Force. He subsequently served as an executive with Booz Allen and SRA International before being appointed by President Bush as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2001. He left that agency in 2006 for a brief stint as an executive at a division of BAE Systems and a professor at Georgetown | Read More »
Helen Thomas Watch: The Denial of Denial
Just about everyone knows the Helen Thomas story. The vicious, anti-Semitic old harpy opined that the problem in “Palestine” was with Jews and advocated ethnic cleansing as a solution: Thomas: They should go home! Nessenoff: Where’s their home? Thomas: Poland. Germany. Nessenoff: So you’re saying the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany? Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Helen Thomas is a incompetent, | Read More »
Charlie Crist Linked To Fraud, Money Laundering
Schadenfreude. Damn but I love schadenfreude. Remember back earlier in the year when then-Republican Charlie Crist was pushing a story that Marco Rubio had misused an AmEx card issued to him by the Florida Republican Party. This was supposed to be a killer allegation. Like just about everything else Charlie Crist has touched that strategy has rapidly turned to crap. On Wednesday of last week, | Read More »
Greg Sargent Serves Up a Whopper
Everyone does it. My gosh, we’ve heard that refrain from the left for years. Back in 1992 they tried to convince us that every president had multiple, and in some cases predatory, sexual affairs and defrauded investors in land deals. Now, looking an electoral tsunami the face, they are scrabbling desperately to accuse Republican candidates of any peccadillo committed by their candidates. Case in point | Read More »
Bill Maher: Obama should shoot someone in the foot
h/t to RealClearPolitics According to Bill “Short Bus” Maher, Obama is a disappointment because he isn’t acting like a “real black president.” HBO’s Bill Maher: “I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, | Read More »
Congress Fails. Part 931.
Back in February it was Armageddon. Republican Senator Jim Bunning was blocking an extension of unemployment insurance on a matter of principle. He simply wanted Congress to cut spending somewhere to pay for the extension. And by block, I mean he refused to agree to an extension by unanimous consent which would have put a lot of senators, of both parties, in the uncomfortable and | Read More »
Obama’s Potemkin Presidency
It is becoming increasingly clear that neither Obama nor his administration nor the Democrat Congress are up to the task of governance. Yesterday we chronicled the shouting match between former MMS director Liz Birnbaum and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that resulted in her being fired shortly before she was scheduled to testify before a Congressional subcommittee headed by the corrupt Jim Moran on the lackadaisical | Read More »
Is the Obama White House In Charge?
Today’s Washington Post ran a front page news analysis entitled Obama struggling to show he’s in control of oil spill. Sweet, huh? A defensive President Obama sought Thursday to quell doubts about his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, insisting that his administration has been “in charge” from the moment it began and bristling that critics who accuse it of being sluggish to | Read More »
White House: Sestak is delusional and deserves your vote for senator
Pennsylvania senate candidate Joe Sestak set off quite a storm back in February when he revealed that the White House had offered him an unspecified job to stop his primary challenge to GOP turncoat and Scots law professor Arlen Specter. Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday that the White House offered him a federal job in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. | Read More »
Boehner Strikes GOP Earmarks
According to Roll Call, House minority leader John Boehner has sent a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar directing him to strike all Republican requested earmarks from the Water Resources Development Act reauthorization bill being drafted by the committee. This is welcome news and a sign that maybe the GOP is becoming serious about opposing institutionalized graft, corruption, and fiscal profligacy. It is | Read More »
Tom Davis Shows His True Colors. Part 27.
There is nothing like a coordinated message to demonstrate the effectiveness of a well-oiled political machine. From today’s Washington Post: But Obama’s strategists also note that special House elections have repeatedly swung their way, and that could make a much more material difference keeping control of the House. On Tuesday, hours before the polls closed, administration officials were observing how close the Pennsylvania House race | Read More »
South Korea Blames DPRK For Ship Sinking
At approximately 9:30pm local time on March 26 a ROK Navy Pohang class, the Cheonan, corvette was patrolling off Baengnyeong Island when it was torn in half by an underwater explosion. The explosion killed 46 ROK sailors and a diver died during subsequent recovery operations. Suspicion immediately focused on the rogue regime now ruling North Korea, the DPRK. Today that suspicion was borne out.
Blumenthal Supported By A Fraud
Yesterday Connecticut Attorney General, the aptly named Dick Blumenthal, tried to unscrew the damage caused by some decades of lying about his service in Vietnam by trotting out a handful of supporters who happen to be veterans. In the process, Blumenthal scored a notable first: a hat trick of own goals.
Elena Kagan and the Politics of Diversion
I’ve long ago given up trying to divine what this particular White House is up to. There was a time when I thought they were just stupid. Then I thought they were evil. I’m slowly coming around to the all embracing power of “and”. But right now I can’t figure out what the game is.
The Tea Party Movement as a Libertarian Mob
With an update There is an apocryphal story, truth be told it is more closely akin to a parable than a story, that tells much about the American character. As the story goes, an English nobleman is in America at some point in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, depending upon when you find the story, and he’s seeking directions or a room for the night | Read More »
British Election Results
Today Brits go to the polls to elect either a leftist or a leftist as Prime Minister. Follow the results as they come in. Want to know what’s scheduled to happen when (remember all times are in GMT)? Which leftist do you think will run Britain farther into the crapper quicker?
Jesus Legal Again In Virginia
Virginia state troopers can again refer to Jesus Christ in public prayers. Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell late Wednesday lifted a restriction imposed by former Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kane in 2008. Previously, troopers involved in a volunteer chaplain program had been able to invoke Jesus or otherwise pray according to their respective religions. But Mr. Kaine restricted them from doing so on the grounds | Read More »
Desert One–April 24, 1980
On April 24, 1980 our nation suffered one of the most humiliating military debacles in its history. The event, itself, was brought on by a series of turf battles, miscalculations, and garden variety incompetence. The event is less important than the zeitgeist. America, at the time, was held in disdain by its president, a self-important little man of overweening ambition and meager talents who was | Read More »